Sometimes it’s not easy. I volunteer with a local charity. I’ve been doing it about 5 years now. It has been going for over 40 years and is entirely run by volunteers. Last year it won a Queens award for voluntary service too.
Our local MP – or ex MP as he is now until the General Election if he wins – is the Vice President of this charity. Oddly enough he turned up at an event on Saturday showcasing local volunteering organisations. I manage the social media for the charity and was sent a picture of him to post on the Facebook page. The charity is strictly a non political organisation and just over 2 weeks before the election this felt wrong. I thought about it further, and reflecting his voting record in the commons decided that morally and ethically I had to stand by my principles.
Not only that it felt disrespectful to all the volunteers who give up their time for no personal gain. He arrived at our AGM last year after it was finished and didn’t turn up at all to the presentation of the Queens award. How odd then that he has time now with an election looming (not)!
I do wonder how many people check their MP’s voting record? Although he consistently votes for gay rights (surprise, surprise he is gay!) he voted against the promotion of equality and human rights – go figure! He has voted in favour of trident, military action, fracking, fox hunting and the bedroom tax and other policies that negatively affect the most vulnerable in our society and against allowing in more Child refugees.
I was discussing my dilemma with some Buddhist friends this evening and they agreed with me. It’s not always easy doing the right thing and going against the herd. I don’t always get it right but I will always strive the best I can to ensure the mark I leave on the world is mostly positive.
Not in my name.